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Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders | [Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry]

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.
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Publisher's Summary

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

©1974 Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi, Afterword 1994 by Vincent Bugliosi (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“One of the best crime stories ever written.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    Lauren Beland- Betz Florida 01-19-13
    Lauren Beland- Betz Florida 01-19-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Interesting"

    Although I thought I knew alot about these murders this audio book presented many details that I did not know. Very interesting and thought provoking.

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    Kaitlyn PALM SPRINGS, CA, United States 01-19-13
    Kaitlyn PALM SPRINGS, CA, United States 01-19-13
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    "Ugh...ruined a great book!"
    What would have made Helter Skelter better?

    A different narrator! This is an intense story- he read it like he was reading a recipe! This is one of my favorite books, and I just couldn't even finish it. I tried jumping around to different parts, but this person's voice just droned on, and made a fantastic, interesting book boring. A pretty hard thing to do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The actual story is incredible and freaky- I would have liked to be able to LISTEN to and and felt the same- or even more- than I felt when I read the book.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    He took an amazing, intense book and he ruined it. It wasn't thrilling, it wasn't scary, it was boring.


    Any additional comments?

    A waste of money. Read the book instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 12-19-12
    Jason 12-19-12
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    "Amazing, sick, sad, a must read!"
    Would you listen to Helter Skelter again? Why?

    Oh yes for sure. Its a very long book and i am sure i missed some details. But this is the type of book you could listen to more then once or twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Were do i start! The whole thing is so unbelievable but the problem is its real. The story is real, the people are real and the sickness is real. To listen to the girls and there response to these killings is stocking. I had to look these people up and found more and more out about this story. I had heard about the Manson murders but i had no idea that there was so much more to it then just what was in the media.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott puts you right in the story. You feel as tho your in the court room with Manson and the girls. I will be looking up other books that Scott has read he is that good. Great job Scott.


    If you could give Helter Skelter a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Nothing, i think it sums up everything in the book. Saying Helter Skelter and hearing those words feels as crazy as it should.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must have book. I love true crime books and true stories but this book is way more then those two things. There are so many lives in this book and so many lives lost and not just in death but in the mind and soul. From how the police would stuff things up and would not do there job probably to death threats and murders that continued even with Manson lock up, you will not want to stop listening.

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    Jaydeep Kolkata, India 11-16-12
    Jaydeep Kolkata, India 11-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "It needed to be crisper"
    What did you like best about Helter Skelter? What did you like least?

    It is an original account of the murders presented lucidly. However the very long narrative ambles along and fails to grip the listener in many parts. Sometimes you wish it would end soon, because the end is predictable.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Belied my expectations.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The Narrator is superb. I look forward to more of his works


    Was Helter Skelter worth the listening time?

    Let me just say, it would have been unforgettable if edited better. It lost the crispness through the long winded narrative.


    Any additional comments?

    All true accounts need a bit of dramatisation for the newer generations. They should be made more contemporary and ageless.

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    Pat 11-05-12
    Pat 11-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent reading"
    If you could sum up Helter Skelter in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, fascinating and passionate


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Author Bugliosi did an exceptional job taking you through each phase of the murder and trial. He described each participant to the extreme, which allowed me to become more appreciate and knowledgable of the story line.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His tones while reading the book allowed you hear the passion of Bugliosi toward the storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for anyone interested in not only true crime but legal and court processes.

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    Frances A. Hafer 09-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Best audiobook I've listened to"
    Would you listen to Helter Skelter again? Why?

    Yes, and I intend to listen to it again! I enjoyed it so much, I haven't been able to start another audiobook since I finished this one. Afraid nothing will measure up.


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    Gary Salt Lake City, Utah 09-15-12
    Gary Salt Lake City, Utah 09-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "For it's kind, it was a very good book."
    If you could sum up Helter Skelter in three words, what would they be?

    Very informitive


    What did you like best about this story?

    Finding out what happened in the Manson Murders.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    It was the dilegence of the prosecuter that impressed me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good book, one that I could not put down.

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    Matthew Northfield, NJ, United States 09-10-12
    Matthew Northfield, NJ, United States 09-10-12

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    "Inside the Manson Trial"

    Excellent background information, coverage of the murders, Manson, his "family," and the trial that put a lunatic behind bars for life. Bugliosi tells a fascinatingly sick true story of a sick and twisted man who gained control over weaker minded individuals and used them to try to start a war against the establishment.

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    Blah Blah FL, USA 09-04-12
    Blah Blah FL, USA 09-04-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent timeline!"

    This book keeps me awake every night while I wait to hear an even more disgusting fact about this case. I was only ten years old when this happened and the news was so much less forthcoming of the facts. I remember feeling disgusted that an actress had her baby stripped from her stomach while being brutelly murdered, but that didn't really happen at all. I wanted to read the facts of the story as an adult, so I could try to understand what really happened. It's really a gut wrenching portrayal of the real murders and amazing how the people committing these murders can be so brainwashed.

    Manson was a true serial killer and bought his due reward. If you have a weak stomach, you might want to read the book, so you can skip some of the gory details.

    I would recommend this book for anyone that wants to know the real inside story of what happened to these innocent people. The timeline keeps you on track, while you try to understand and grasp the whole situation.

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    Lola Columbia, SC, United States 09-03-12
    Lola Columbia, SC, United States 09-03-12
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    "Bugliosi is brilliant."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if their interested in a attorney with a great mind.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bugliosi. I was very impressed by his orator skills and his ability to break down complex issues. I witnessed many horrible, unfair attorneys but this man is the truth!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Loved it. Kept me intrigued!


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